‘she did what she could’

I hope this doesn’t sound morbid. If it does, my apologies upfront. But for years, I’ve told my kids to put, “She did what she could…” on my tombstone. I’ve always said it with a bit of a chuckle, but I’m dead serious. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist…pun intended!) So tonight, as I was searching for a specific book that I wanted to get for a young mom, I was stopped in my tracks because, guess what?  There’s a book called SheRead more

… a few thoughts on clinging…

In the Spring, my mother-in-law gave me a beautiful mandevilla plant. It’s been growing beautifully and is filling up the trellis behind it. But one day, I noticed that a vine had reached the top of the trellis. And there was nothing close for it to cling to. Day after day, it grew in the same direction…seemingly reaching for something to cling to. It grew and grew and was just floating in the air, apparently searching for a landing spot.Read more

…for today…

I’ve been making bird feeders again.  “For today” feeders is what I like to call them.  And here’s why…  In the past year, the phrase “for today” has become one of my favorite, favorite phrases. I’ve always appreciated the saying of “One Day At a Time. This quickly became, “one moment at a time” when I was a young mom to more little ones than my arms could hold.  (Our third son was born when our oldest was 2…and by the time ourRead more

…a few thoughts on red-tailed catfish and common ground…

So, my son’s birthday was yesterday.  He had a few specific things that he wanted:  a red-tailed catfish for his aquarium, and possibly a Lowe’s gift card for some tools, wood, etc for his projects.  We decided to celebrate a day early because our youngest son was going out of town for a retreat and wanted to be there to celebrate his brother’s birthday.  So after work on Thursday, I rushed out to Lowe’s first to get the gift card.Read more

in disguise

The triple threat of today consisted of the following combination:  Monday morning + first frost of the season + (here’s the clincher) 7:00 a.m. cafeteria duty. Oh, but that’s not all.  The fruit for the day was ………….oranges.  UNpeeled oranges with a cafeteria full of elementary age students who just aren’t that adept at peeling oranges. Oh, and add to that, a five year old student who is really having difficulty acclimating to staying in his seat and not running aroundRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Texture

On Being Laid Bare Unraveling… Unveiling… Peeling Back… Exposing… Laying Bare… it’s fine for a birch tree… but oh, so hard to see in those we love. But there’s a season for exposure of the hidden things which eat from the inside out. May we be people who embrace and love well (which may involve covering, or may involve more painful exposure) when those in our care are in the painful process of dealing with things they need to letRead more

Stuck

… I know he feels like he’s stuck. And honestly, he is. There are No apparent options, only consequences of his actions, his choices. And the walls feel like they are closing in on him. And the mire of his existence seems to be getting deeper, and thicker like mud that is slowly hardening to cement. And then, he will be stuck forever. That is the fear that is fast becoming the reality. I am on the outside looking in,Read more

The Road Less Traveled ~ Against All Odds

Daily Prompt: The Road Less Traveled Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded. The Road Less Traveled By for me, was a decision to stay in my marriage. Against all odds, against all well-meaning friends’ advice, against rationale and reason, I stayed. I knew that I was the one who would have to live with my decision. The intense part of the struggleRead more

On Restless Nights of Waiting

Daily Post ~ Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey I read a blog today that brought up so much in me.  A woman was waiting.   Waiting to hear from her husband.  He’s a recovering alcoholic, and was currently “helping” a sponsor who was back to drinking. Immediately I wanted to tell her that I understood, and to somehow alleviate some of the weight she was feeling during her time of waiting.  I wanted her toRead more